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To all the paleo ladies out there - sore breasts, anyone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2013 at 4:27 AM

**Hi paleo ladies,

I moved from a predominantly vegan diet to paleo about a month ago. Ive had great results so far - my energy is the best it has ever been and several chronic skin conditions seem to be improving. However, I've been experiencing some pretty significant soreness in my breasts. I usually have very minimal pre menstrual symptoms, so this is a little unexpected. And no I'm not pregnant if you were wondering

Anyway, is this my body's way of signaling that it is unaccustomed to all the fat it has been getting? I've been pretty generous with meat, nuts, coconut oil and avocados this past month. Some message boards seem to suggest that this is a sign of estrogen dominance. Thoughts? Or similar experiences?

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on March 22, 2013
at 10:57 PM

Thanks, Sara. I will consider the iodine/selenium option

Ef734129c7182bc29b78a6df97aef180

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on March 22, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Yes, that might be a possibility. I have had somewhat erratic periods in the past.

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:46 AM

Thanks. Now that you mention it I have been taking a vitamin d supplement every day for the past month.

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:38 AM

Thanks! Will research Dr Brownstein.

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on March 22, 2013
at 11:33 AM

I also started having premenstrual breast tenderness and pain, since I started paleo and went off hormonal birth control pills (at the same time). What's helped me the most was getting iodine and painting it on the breasts when they got sore. There's some issue with having enough selenium to balance the iodine, so it's important to look into that. When I was using the iodine, I made sure to eat a brazil nut every day. Also, my progesterone levels were way low and testosterone was high, so that might also have something to do with it. And finally, I had also been struggling with (and am continuing to treat) b vitamin deficiencies, which may play a part.

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on March 22, 2013
at 10:57 PM

Thanks, Sara. I will consider the iodine/selenium option

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:32 AM

I'm neither a lady nor an expert but breast tenderness might by fibrocystic Breast disease, which if it is then I suggest you check out dr brownstein and consider adding a better source of iodine into your diet, possibly supplementing lugols solution in the short term. Don't substitute this for medical advice though, always listen to your doctor first.

Ef734129c7182bc29b78a6df97aef180

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:38 AM

Thanks! Will research Dr Brownstein.

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on March 22, 2013
at 05:52 AM

If you were vegan/very thin/worn down/not getting proper nutrition it's possible that this is the first time you've gone through a real menstrual cycle in a while. Even if you were getting your period before, you may not have actually been ovulating and/or releasing as many hormones as you would if your body were healthy.

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on March 22, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Yes, that might be a possibility. I have had somewhat erratic periods in the past.

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:37 AM

I'd give magnesium glycinate a try. If you started taking vitamin D and/or increased your protein intake, you will have increased your need for magnesium.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3800293

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:46 AM

Thanks. Now that you mention it I have been taking a vitamin d supplement every day for the past month.

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